[News] Around The Rest of World

A posting place for news from places around the globe, outside of the US/Europe.

Never heard of him, Prederick. Not a big Twitter guy. :-/

Robear wrote:

My feeling is that one or more of the operational leaders of ISIS-K is going to end up vaporized (or with a sword missile through his vehicle, if he’s in an urban area) within the next 3 months. That should be well within our capabilities and it’s politically necessary.

Just a few hours after this post on Friday, actually. Drone strike

LOL, saw Bill Maher's take on Afghanistan last night and:

1 - It is the Fentanyl of boomer sh*t
2 - It is absolutely wet Charmin soft.

Also, I hope you're all ready for Benghazi II: Electric Boogaloo, because this is it.

Biden was probably going to get impeached if the Republicans get the House in 2022, but it is an absolute, Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week now.

Prederick wrote:

LOL, saw Bill Maher's take on Afghanistan last night and:

1 - It is the Fentanyl of boomer sh*t
2 - It is absolutely wet Charmin soft.

I'm old enough to remember when he lost his job on ABC for his first take on Afghanistan.

Stele wrote:
Robear wrote:

My feeling is that one or more of the operational leaders of ISIS-K is going to end up vaporized (or with a sword missile through his vehicle, if he’s in an urban area) within the next 3 months. That should be well within our capabilities and it’s politically necessary.

Just a few hours after this post on Friday, actually. Drone strike

And another: US officials: Drone strikes vehicle with ‘multiple suicide bombers’ on way to Kabul airport; threat believed eliminated (that's the entire article, no additional details as of yet).

EDIT:

U.S. airstrike takes out ISIS-K vehicle packed with explosives in Kabul

CBS News wrote:

The U.S. conducted an airstrike against an ISIS-K vehicle laden with explosives near the airport in Kabul on Sunday, U.S. defense officials said, the second such strike against the militant group since a deadly attack against U.S. forces last week.

Captain Bill Urban, a Central Command spokesman, said in a statement that the strike was carried out by a drone and eliminated "an imminent ISIS-K threat" to Hamid Karzai International Airport. Urban said the U.S. is confident the strike hit the target, and initial reports indicated there were no civilian casualties.

Urban said that "significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material."

Bilal Karimi, a senior aid to the Taliban's spokesman, said the airstrike hit the vehicle near the airport. He said three suspected individuals were in the vehicle at the time of the strike. Karimi said the U.S military had told the Taliban that a vehicle full of explosives would arrive in Kabul and that the U.S. would destroy it.

China blasts '996' excessive work culture

China is putting companies that overwork their employees on notice.
The country's top court on Thursday issued a lengthy condemnation of what's commonly known in China as "996," the practice of working from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week that is said to be common among the country's big technology companies, startups and other private businesses.

"Recently, extreme overtime work in some industries has received widespread attention," the Supreme People's Court wrote in its statement, which it issued with the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. Workers deserve rights for "rest and vacation," adding that "adhering to the national working hour system is the legal obligation of employers," the court wrote.

It cited several examples of companies across a range of industries it said violated labor rules, including an unnamed courier company that it said told employees to work 996 hours. Telling employees to work that much "has seriously violated the law on extending the upper limit of working hours and should be deemed invalid," the court said.

Hopefully they'll be more successful than the Japanese government!

A high school classmate wrote an unhinged screed about how Biden "betrayed the troops" and "left them behind". Here is my response.

That is a matter of some odd interpretation considering the evacuation is currently ongoing.

What is at issue is whether or not it was possible to evacuate those people before the Taliban took power. The answer to that is no. As remarkable as the US military is, it was not capable of holding the country with the assets it had in place and the Afghan allies were unwilling to die in place to prevent that takeover. The Dohar deal in February 2020 (where Trump gave Afghanistan to the Taliban) made sure of that.

It is worth mentioning though that the casualties that we have suffered were not at the hands of the Taliban, but rather ISIS-K who are taking advantage of the chaos in transition. You might be able to argue that the transition of power should have been more orderly, but I would love to see how you would explain our peacefully handing over the keys.

A large part of the problem is that the forces we had in place since 2019 have been completely insufficient for even holding Kabul or Kandahar. That was due in large part to the fact that we were honoring our treaty agreements despite the fact that the Taliban were clearly disregarding theirs. As such, any evacuation was going to rely on the resilience of our Afghan allies to hold the country until our assets were out. The problem is that EVERYONE was lying about the resilience of those aforementioned Afghan allies.

Moreover, had we begun the evacuation earlier, it likely would have precipitated an earlier and even less controlled collapse of those Afghan forces. The only thing, it appears, that was holding them together was the faint hope that we would violate our treaty obligations and stay indefinitely. And the moment that it became clear that that was not the case, they evaporated with astonishing rapidity.

Given the approaching deadline, the Biden administration had two choices: 1) honor the agreement and pull out or 2) escalate and "surge". There was no viable third option that included evacuating everyone without the cooperation of the Taliban. The moment the first embassy worker boarded the first plane off, the Taliban were going to be in control.

In pretty much all ways, this was the outcome predicted when Pompeo met with the Taliban in 2020. The signing of the US-Taliban peace agreement was done in the complete absence of our Afghan allies and effectively ceded control of the country to the Taliban. It also released some 5000 hardened Taliban fighters from US custody and pressured the Pakistani government to release Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (the current Taliban leader). Given the writing on the wall, our Afghan allies had every indication that they were sold out. With that as context and with no other nation in the coalition willing to take our place, Biden was given a binary choice: Violate, surge, and occupy or leave and cede control to the Taliban. He correctly calculated that there was simply zero American political will for the latter.

Yep. He was going to take a beating no matter what he did, so might as well not dither.

Robear wrote:

Yep. He was going to take a beating no matter what he did, so might as well not dither.

Indeed. These insufferable f*cks whining about the deaths of 13 servicemembers LITERALLY DID NOT CARE for the last 20 years about our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines dying overseas.

And if it is about "American blood" then they clearly don't care about the 600K + that have died in the last 18 months.

More Americans have died from COVID than from several major wars.

f*ck them and the power scooter they rode in on.

Reaper81 wrote:
Robear wrote:

Yep. He was going to take a beating no matter what he did, so might as well not dither.

Indeed. These insufferable f*cks whining about the deaths of 13 servicemembers LITERALLY DID NOT CARE for the last 20 years about our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines dying overseas.

And if it is about "American blood" then they clearly don't care about the 600K + that have died in the last 18 months.

More Americans have died from COVID than from several major wars.

f*ck them and the power scooter they rode in on.

It isn't about blood. It's about wounded pride.

Reaper81 wrote:

More Americans have died from COVID than from several major wars.

COVID deaths recently exceeded the low-end estimate for Civil War casualties (616,000).

At least one model has us racking up another 100K deaths by the beginning of December. That would put COVID deaths at about 750,000, which is the consensus historic estimate for Civil War deaths.

OG_slinger wrote:
Reaper81 wrote:

More Americans have died from COVID than from several major wars.

COVID deaths recently exceeded the low-end estimate for Civil War casualties (616,000).

At least one model has us racking up another 100K deaths by the beginning of December. That would put COVID deaths at about 750,000, which is the consensus historic estimate for Civil War deaths.

They died for freedumb.

OG_slinger wrote:
Stele wrote:
Robear wrote:

My feeling is that one or more of the operational leaders of ISIS-K is going to end up vaporized (or with a sword missile through his vehicle, if he’s in an urban area) within the next 3 months. That should be well within our capabilities and it’s politically necessary.

Just a few hours after this post on Friday, actually. Drone strike

And another: US officials: Drone strikes vehicle with ‘multiple suicide bombers’ on way to Kabul airport; threat believed eliminated (that's the entire article, no additional details as of yet).

EDIT:

U.S. airstrike takes out ISIS-K vehicle packed with explosives in Kabul

CBS News wrote:

The U.S. conducted an airstrike against an ISIS-K vehicle laden with explosives near the airport in Kabul on Sunday, U.S. defense officials said, the second such strike against the militant group since a deadly attack against U.S. forces last week.

Captain Bill Urban, a Central Command spokesman, said in a statement that the strike was carried out by a drone and eliminated "an imminent ISIS-K threat" to Hamid Karzai International Airport. Urban said the U.S. is confident the strike hit the target, and initial reports indicated there were no civilian casualties.

Urban said that "significant secondary explosions from the vehicle indicated the presence of a substantial amount of explosive material."

Bilal Karimi, a senior aid to the Taliban's spokesman, said the airstrike hit the vehicle near the airport. He said three suspected individuals were in the vehicle at the time of the strike. Karimi said the U.S military had told the Taliban that a vehicle full of explosives would arrive in Kabul and that the U.S. would destroy it.

Now it seems that the vehicle wasn't "an imminent ISIS-K threat," but rather it was an employee of an American non-profit dedicated to fighting widespread malnutrition among women and children who live in high-mortality areas in Afghanistan who had just pulled up in front of his home where he lived with his two brothers. Seven of the ten dead were children who had come out to welcome him home.

Seems like a fittingly horrific bookend to our little Afghan adventure.

Reaper81 wrote:
Robear wrote:

Yep. He was going to take a beating no matter what he did, so might as well not dither.

Indeed. These insufferable f*cks whining about the deaths of 13 servicemembers LITERALLY DID NOT CARE for the last 20 years about our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines dying overseas.

And if it is about "American blood" then they clearly don't care about the 600K + that have died in the last 18 months.

More Americans have died from COVID than from several major wars.

f*ck them and the power scooter they rode in on.

Yep, it's BS how people I know are all up in arms about this but never said anything about stories the last 20 years of soldiers injured and dying. It's sad all around.

These are people who mythologize private veterans care charities, but never bother to ask why they are needed. They hate taxes but bitch about the VA being underfunded. They hate socialism but Tri-Care, VA and pensions for soldiers are somehow “earned in blood”, while about 90% of soldiers never see a battlefield.

These are not people who live in the real world.

1200 Americans dying of covid every day but GOP cult mad about 12 soldiers. f*ck em

Stele wrote:

1200 Americans dying of covid every day but GOP cult mad about 12 soldiers. f*ck em

We all gotta go sometime. They knew the risks when they signed up. They'll never take our freedom, etc.

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Taliban does a victory lap with seized American equipment

Why do we keep leaving literally hundreds of millions of dollars of stuff behind that we could take with us? The same thing happened in Iraq and with the Kurds.

Because we can't take it all in the timeframe available, and no one wants to die for an MRAP.

Got to install those remote detonators in all military equipment.
Then connect it to the internet. Nothing could go wrong.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Why do we keep leaving literally hundreds of millions of dollars of stuff behind that we could take with us? The same thing happened in Iraq and with the Kurds.

Because it took years and years to ship it there, and if they leave it there, the DoD can write it off and buy new stuff for the bases that lost it.

Robear wrote:

Because we can't take it all in the timeframe available, and no one wants to die for an MRAP.

So junk it. Blow it up. Something. Don’t just leave it for potential enemies.

LeapingGnome wrote:

Why do we keep leaving literally hundreds of millions of dollars of stuff behind that we could take with us? The same thing happened in Iraq and with the Kurds.

The vast majority of it wasn't the equipment and gear of American troops. It was equipment and gear we gave to the Iraqi and Afghan armies. We were never going to take it with us when we left.

Not to mention all that sh*t is heavy and bulky as hell and got there over the course of years. There was no way we could have caravanned that that equipment hundreds of miles through Taliban controlled territory to what? Pakistan? Iran? One of the ex-Soviet 'stan countries?

And all that equipment can only function with the US military's long logistical tail. The more the Taliban use the equipment, the faster it will break down and require maintenance and spare parts. That Blackhawk has to be continually maintained. It needs to be disassembled, inspected, and reassembled every couple hundred hours of flight time. The Taliban will be able to fly it for months, maybe a year of two before it doesn't work or crashes due to a mechanical failure or poor maintenance.

It's likely that the Blackhawk pilot was trained by the U.S. as a member of the Afghan army. It sounds like many Afghan service members saw the writing on the wall after Trump's deal with the Taliban that excluded the Afghan government, and they had an exit strategy planned for this summer when the U.S. left.

I wonder if they were able to roll over their 401(k) s and keep their existing doctors. /s

No veterans who served in SWA since 2001 are surprised by this. But I understand those who are upset at what we have to show for their sacrifices.